Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East

Front Cover
Penguin, Jun 11, 2009 - Political Science - 400 pages
"A trenchant and often pugnacious demolition of the numerous misconceptions about strategic thinking on the Middle East"
-The New York Times


Now updated with a new chapter on the current climate, Myths, Illusions, and Peace addresses why the United States has consistently failed to achieve its strategic goals in the Middle East. According to Dennis Ross-special advisor to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council for that region-and policy analyst David Makovsky, it is because we have repeatedly fallen prey to dangerous myths about this part of the world-myths with roots that reach back decades yet persist today. Clearly articulated and accessible, Myths, Illusions, and Peace captures the real­ity of the problems in the Middle East like no book has before. It presents a concise and far-reaching set of principles that will help America set an effective course of action in the region, and in so doing secure a safer future for all Americans.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

MYTHS, ILLUSIONS, AND PEACE: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East

User Review  - Kirkus

Bush I and Clinton peace negotiator Ross (Statecraft and How to Restore America's Standing in the World, 2007, etc.) and journalist Makovsky (Making Peace With the PLO: The Rabin Government's Road to ... Read full review

Contents

THE ARAB VIEW OF LINKAGE
TERRORISM AND THE PURSUIT OF POWER
A STRATEGY OF DEFLECTION
PEACE BETWEEN REGIMES NOT PEOPLES
THEROOSEVELTADMINISTRATION
THE TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION
THE EISENHOWER ADMINISTRATION
THE JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION
THE IRANIANFAX AND THE NEOCONSERVATIVE REASON FOR ITS REJECTION
THE FALLACIES OF THE NEOCONSERVATIVE MYTHS ABOUT IRAN
OUR STAKES IN CHANGING IRANS BEHAVIOR
THE EVOLUTION OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS APPROACH
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY EFFORTS TO CURB THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM
THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE AND ITS IMPACT
IRANS VULNERABILITIES AND OUR DIPLOMATIC CHOICES
HOW TO SET UP ENGAGEMENT WITH THE IRANIANS AND NEGOTIATE EFFECTIVELY

THENIXONADMINISTRATION
THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION
THE GEORGE W BUSH ADMINISTRATION
CONCLUSION
DISENGAGEMENT AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
NEOCONSERVATIVE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE ARABISRAEL I CONFLICT AND THEIR FLAWS
THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISENGAGEMENT AND ITS LEGACY FOR BUSHSTYLE ENGAGEMENT
THE REALIST MYTHS ABOUT THE PEACE PROCESS
THE REALIST CALL FOR A BLUEPRINT FOR PEACE
DEFINING AMERICAS ROLE IN PEACEMAKING
THE CONTEXT FOR PEACEMAKING
WHAT TO DO ON ISRAELIPALESTINIAN PEACE
WHAT TO DO ABOUT HAMAS AND OTHER CONTINGENCIES
ISRAEL AND SYRIA
CONCLUSION
IRAN IS LIKE ANY OTHER STATE
THE FALLACIES OF THE REALIST MYTH ABOUT IRAN
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN STATE AND NONSTATE ACTORS
LOOKING MORE CLOSELY AT HIZBOLLAH AND HAMAS
REALISTS CORE ARGUMENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MIDDLE EAST
BACKGROUND AND LESSONS
ADDITIONAL INDICATOR SOF HIZBOLLAHS AND HAMASS IDEOLOGICAL FERVOR
THE FOLLY OF ACCOMMODATING REJECTIONISM
PRACTICAL BENEFITS OF THE USISRAELI RELATIONSHIP
CONVERGING ARABISRAELI INTERESTS IN THE REGION
POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS OF SHARED ARABISRAELI INTERESTS
A KEY TO DETERRENCE IN THE REGION
ISRAEL AS AN ASSET IN THE COLD WAR
THE ROLE OF VALUES IN THE USISRAELI RELATIONSHIP
DEMOCRATIZATION AND OUR STAKES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
WHAT WENT WRONG?
WHAT SHOULD THE UNITED STATES DO?
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Dennis Ross, Middle East envoy for George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is now a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "Foreign Affairs "called his first book, "The Missing Peace," "a major contribution to the diplomatic history of the twentieth century.

David Makovsky is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute, director of the Institute's Project on the Middle East Peace Process, and a contributing editor to "U.S. News & World Report. Previously, he served as executive editor of the "Jerusalem Post and diplomatic correspondent for "Haaretz. He is author, most recently, A Defensible Fence: Fighting Terror and Enabling a Two-State Solution (WINEP, 2004).

Bibliographic information